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  • Summary: The third full-length release for New York indie rock trio Sunflower Bean was produced and mixed by Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Jacob Portrait.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. May 6, 2022
    90
    With Headful of Sugar, Sunflower Bean turn the pangs of growing up into hypnotic, intoxicating pop.
  2. May 6, 2022
    90
    Ultimately an exercise in Sunflower Bean showing off that they can do just about everything well.
  3. May 4, 2022
    85
    It’s a passionately fearless and honest body of work, one that pays no heed to the prevailing and increasingly regressive backward looking indie rock trends. Indeed this is undoubtedly a forward-thinking album full of vibrancy and excitement, one that engages the head and the heart from a band who have always strived to do both, and it succeeds on pretty much every level.
  4. 80
    With cinematic soundscapes of art-rock in tow, Headful of Sugar is a heavenly ride that actively embraces a full spectrum of feeling; from self-destructive tendencies to the saccharine thrills of youth.
  5. ‘Headful Of Sugar’ sees the band more confident and more in control. Using those feelings of helplessness as fuel for the fire, this album is full of enough strength, empowerment, resilience and joy.
  6. Uncut
    May 4, 2022
    80
    It all combines to paint a picture of a band entering a distinct new phase. [Jun 2022, p.33]
  7. Mojo
    May 4, 2022
    60
    Side two, however, veers into arch Euro-pop (I Don't Have Control Sometimes) and moody balladry (Stand By Me), and Sunflower Bean's new-found confection begins to set one's teeth on edge. [Jun 2022, p.87]

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  1. May 8, 2022
    10
    This band manages to reimagine itself every time they make an ep/ album, yet they sound like nothing else. On this album, they reveal theirThis band manages to reimagine itself every time they make an ep/ album, yet they sound like nothing else. On this album, they reveal their most raw, in-your-face energy with several experimental twists. Unique sounds here... they shine strong Expand